Virginia Phelps – The Power of Food


© 2016
edition of 5 v.e.
dimensions in inches: 5 x 5.75 x 5.75



About this piece:

The Power of Food brings attention to the proverbial elephant in the room. What we eat matters! What we choose to put in our mouth has a profound effect on our health (chronic western diseases), on the environment (greenhouse gasses), and on politics and humanity (lopsided laws and animal cruelty). The four booklets contained in The Power of Food provide a broad overview of how each person can take control and vote with their fork, three times a day, every day. The dietary recommendations portrayed by the book are based on the best current scientific nutritional research from around the world. There is a new groundswell of doctors and dietitians supporting this lifestyle. The movement toward eating a whole foods, plant-based diet is currently in the equivalent stage that the ‘stop smoking’ movement was in during the late 1970s.

 The ‘exploding box’ structure of The Power of Food is reminiscent of a flowering plant and underscores the power of nature underlying a plant-based lifestyle.


paper, tyvek, pigment ink, magnets

About the artist:

Virginia Phelps is a book artists from Mountain View, CA. Her artist’s books often combine elements of nature with the ingenuity and functionality of man-made shapes. Moveable structures frequently find their way into her less-traditional book forms. Virginia’s work is often adorned by manipulated photographic imagery which sets the mood for the concepts and content around which the books are built. She is an active member of the Bay Area Book Artists in Palo Alto, CA, has taught a number of workshops on book structure, and her works have been displayed in exhibitions across the country.

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Virginia Phelps – The Power of Food

by Alicia Bailey time to read: 1 min